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2/20/2009

Ruud Slingerland - Songwriter, Sssinger, Instrumentalist.
Newest band project: 'Dia del Mercado', 
Old scratchy 4-track recordings 'Rude S Works'
 
Lately (bare version)
Weighted Rating: [8 Votes, 4.72 Stars]
Views: 2,300
Featured Review
patricia [2/21/2009 10:33:22 PM EST]
Score: +10
this is really beautiful. your voice on this gives me electric goose bumps. the lyrics make me think of zombies falling in love/slow dancing
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Liner Notes
GoingtothePoolhouse [9/17/2009 1:34:53 AM EST]
Score: +0
Came on shuffle on my bart ride home from the giants game. Hihjlight of my night.
Ruud Slingerland (song submitter) [3/8/2009 7:39:41 AM EST]
Score: +0
That's nice, Sputnikov. I often wonder what my accent sounds like to Americans. Well if Bjork and Nico got away with it, why not me, I guess.
Sputnikov [3/7/2009 8:57:51 PM EST]
Score: +0
this tune popped up in my head today and as i was singing it to myself i realized that i was singing it in your accent.
patricia [2/21/2009 10:41:25 PM EST]
Score: +0
your voice kinda sounds like the singer in the band 'my dad is dead.' you sound smoother though
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A1DFdKvBws
zissou [2/21/2009 9:18:40 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
I'm really enjoying this. I've listened a bunch of times and have warmed up to this very different incarnation of yours. I've been listening to your older material a lot and feel like that's maybe more up my alley, but the more I listen the more I like this. Downloaded with gratitude.
Richie Isaacs [2/21/2009 8:32:07 PM EST]
Score: +0
(Forgot to download it,remedying that now ;)
unklespaz [2/21/2009 7:45:06 PM EST]
Score: +0
Gotcha, I always thought it might be from the 80s with the style and the coloring, like an INXS phase. No offense bro
GoingtothePoolhouse [2/21/2009 7:41:11 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
yeah, several listens and better each time.
Ruud Slingerland (song submitter) [2/21/2009 5:06:33 PM EST]
Score: +0
About half a year, my hair is a little longer now....
unklespaz [2/21/2009 4:45:39 PM EST]
Score: +0
You're welcome and you do good work. How old is that pic?
CalebH [2/21/2009 3:51:43 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
NathanWayne [2/21/2009 12:14:37 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
so sad. I could listen to this for years to come.
Ruud Slingerland (song submitter) [2/21/2009 11:21:23 AM EST]
Score: +0
By the way, thank you all so much for the warm reception of this song, it means a lot to me because it's one of my 'new generation' songs, the ones I've been working on for the past two years.
Wow, really nice comments, Bratty, King, Aaron and Unkle.
And all of you who cared to listen and react backstage, thanks for those most kind words.
Richie Isaacs [2/21/2009 11:16:38 AM EST]
Score: +0
Could well be!

Ruud Slingerland (song submitter) [2/21/2009 10:56:20 AM EST]
Score: +0
Isn't that the same as psychedelic flower folk, Richie?
Richie Isaacs [2/20/2009 6:51:09 PM EST]
Score: +0
Hmm....Improv' Jazz Gardening...it might just catch on ;)
King Tide [2/20/2009 12:13:56 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
I can still here muffled drums coming in at 1.18 just before the liine about the stars being faded.Beautiful.This is a classic example of a song that you will never hear on the syndicated top of the pops radio stations.More poor them.Thankyou RUUD!FIVE HUGE TEAR drip drops of stars.Pop does not rule.Soul is timeless.
aaronlife [2/20/2009 10:40:15 AM EST]
Score: +0
i'd bet neil young would want to cover this
aaronlife [2/20/2009 10:39:52 AM EST]
Score: +0
wow, awesome vocals, great sounds, really cool, you and caleb need to do a duet.
Mr. Bratty [2/20/2009 9:54:04 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
i totally love this tune. it really hits me. downloaded for many listens to come. thanks, ruud.
unklespaz [2/20/2009 9:51:52 AM EST]
Score: +0
ya know, this is pretty unique. I love the sustain on some of the notes in there. Great stuff and wouldn't change a thing, some of the vocals and expression is great, good harmonies and inflections.
Ruud Slingerland (song submitter) [2/20/2009 7:34:34 AM EST]
Score: +0
I appreciate that, firth. And I agree with your critical notes about the thinness of the sound at times. 'This version I recorded early last summer, and I had a much broader arrangement in mind to work on, but I got stuck in the middle of that. So I let it rest for a while. In any case about the cello, that's one of the sounds I got it mind. My neighbor is an improvisation jazz musician on cello and double bass. I've asked him to help me out with a couple of songs, but he's quite a character, so I have to wait for the appropriate moment to drag him in front of the mics. For now he's just helping me with my garden, once in a while, for which I'm grateful too.
firth5a [2/20/2009 7:04:03 AM EST]
Score: +0
I genuinely think it's a captivating song, Ruud. Not the sort of thing I'd personally seek out, but something I'd quite happily listen to of an evening with a glass of vin rouge and some good company. I love the accordion sounds and, as others have pointed out, the subtle keys - I also like the fact that sometimes it lets the listener have some space. On the critical side, some of the vocals grate a little - sounds like you're over reaching yourself at times and overall the sound is a little "thin", but a conventional bass line wouldn't suit this. I keep going on about cellos, but something like that - or maybe a fretless bass? Not sure for certain, but just something to give it a little more weight at times.
Ruud Slingerland (song submitter) [2/20/2009 6:39:32 AM EST]
Score: +0
Ooh, hey Firth, still walking on air, head in the clouds, eyes shooting stars. I'm kind of curious what you really think before you spoil my growing ego. I can't carry that much load.
Richie Isaacs [2/20/2009 6:38:01 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Again I stand by what I said earlier,my composition tutor may disagree with me here but not every song needs to be analyzed why a person likes it...I just do.
firth5a [2/20/2009 6:30:23 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Captivating!
NathanWayne [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
thats the crazy songwriting i like. feature.
I love the other instrument that comes in at like 2.35
wow. really different and cool. I like it when tunes move all over the place. like with no easy structure other than your own feelings.
Mr. Bratty [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
i've listened to this like 5 times now. i don't know how to rate it or judge it. i'm just too busy enjoying it. maybe i'll bring in one of my alternates to vote on it later.
themondays [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
instantly i am thinking the tempo needs to be ramped up just a click or so

by " stay the night " i am sure of it..

oooh harmonica is nice there

chorus at 1:50 is really on point though so maybe i was wrong before lol

i like the vocal mix you have here....


cool tune
conquistador [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
maybe my favorite vocal performance of yours so far. love the subtle keys.
arpmoog [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I had to listen a couple of times to decide that I like it.
Nomad [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
pretty good, pretty good.
Richie Isaacs [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Mellow,calm and thoughtful...the harmonies are spot on,I'm finding it hard to type and listen no matter how many times I hit play cos my mind wanders....drifts really,every time I hear it...
Ahhh I give up critiquing this,I can't mate as I'm too busy enjoying it and not every song needs to be pulled to pieces so I'll enjoy this solely as a lovely piece of music.
CalebH [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
of all your songs that have words, this is probably my favorite. actually, there are probably 2 or 3 others I like about the same, but this is right up there.

a couple of things about this remind me of the white album.
King Tide [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I could here muffled drums coming in at 1.18 on the line about the stars being faded.Great wistful trip down the rabbit hole of time. Double feature movie .
With Aimee Terburg on melodeon (diatonic button accordeon)

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